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Utah Continues COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts, Gov. Says Almost None Is Going To Waste

U.S Secretary of Defense


Vaccine distribution is continuing to increase in the state of Utah.

“There have been news reports in other states of throwing away large batches of the vaccine that have expired, that is not happening in Utah," Gov. Spencer Cox said.

During a weekly press conference, Cox was joined by Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn to discuss vaccine efforts in the state of Utah. 

Cox said health departments are working hard to administer the vaccine, and in Utah .0002 percent of vaccine doses have been wasted due to vials and syringes being damaged in travel.

As of Thursday, 267,027 doses have been administered in the state of Utah. This number includes both first and second doses. The state had a weekly increase of 73,250 doses. 

Cox said Utah will be receiving about a 16% increase of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. He is also hopeful about vaccines that will be developed in the coming months, with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine expected to be approved in February. 

“Assuming those things happen, and again tenuously, we could see a tripling or more of the weekly doses coming into the state of Utah," he said.

Utah has a rolling seven day average of 1,710 COVID-19 cases. This is a decrease from last week’s 1,829.

Harley is a news reporter at UPR. She covers a bit of everything, but especially news dealing with education and updates from the governor. She has always loved both writing and public speaking, so radio is perfect for her. She is a student at USU studying journalism, sociology, and criminal justice. Outside of work and school, she loves running, hiking, and exploring National Parks.